Weekend, November 17-19, 2017

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Quote of the day: "Every day I feel is a blessing from God. And I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful." -Prince

The White House: President Trump removed former President Obama's ban to allow the import of elephant hurting trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia into the U.S. Over the weekend the President said his administration upheld the ban and said his administration would be announcing a final decision later in the regarding the matter. Last week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it had determined the ban on the import of elephants hunting in Zimbabwe and Zambia was no longer necessary. 

Politics: Special counsel Robert Mueller's team is investigating if Donald Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russian operatives to interfere in the 2016 election. Mueller's team has asked the Justice Department to turn over documents obtaining "emails related to the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the earlier decision of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the entire matter."

Business: Japanese company Toshiba has received approval by its board to issue $5.4 billion in new shares to overseas investors in a plan to help the company avoid a delisting. The company has struggled financially to recover from multibillion-dollar losses in the Westinghouse nuclear operations, Toshiba has also agreed to sell its memory-chip unit for $18 billion in an effort to raise more funds. 

U.S.: Charles Manson dies at the age of 83 due to natural causes in a California hospital Sunday night. Mason is famously known as the mastermind whose followers are known as the "Manson Family" committed evil crimes in Los Angeles in 1969 that took the lives of seven people. He was serving nine life terms in a California prison and was denied parole 12 times. 

World: Argentine Navy is currently in massive search for missing submarine with a 44-person crew who lost radio communications last Wednesday off the South Atlantic. Several countries have collaborated with research ships such as Chile Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, the U.S. and the U.K, 11 ships and 10 airplanes searching for any sights of the submarine. Argentine President Mauricio Macri said that his country will use “all resources national and international that are necessary to find the submarine.”

Science/Tech/Health: Apple is delaying the release of their HomePod a smart speaker until 2018 due to needed development work. The smart speaker will retail at $349 entering the market against Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft's Cortana. An Apple spokesperson said, "We can't wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it's ready for our customers…We'll start shipping in the US, UK, and Australia in early 2018."

Entertainment: The American Music Awards (AMAS) took place last night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross. Highlight performers included Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Selena Gomez, and more. AMAS winners; Artist of the year: Diana Ross, New artist of the year: Niall Horan, Tour of the year: Coldplay, Video of the year: "That's What I Like" by Bruno Mars, Alternative artist: Linkin Park, and many more. 

Sports: The New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders headed to Estadio Azteca in Mexico City where the Patriots won 33-8. The NFL announced Sunday that Mexico City will be hosting games annually until 2021, this is the Raiders consecutive game in Mexico.  


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